Starlink / SpaceX has just signed a partnership with the American operator T-Mobile. What to put an end to the “white zones”, in particular in the United States. In detail, SpaceX is preparing to launch a second generation of satellites equipped with 5G antennas. The idea is not to deliver exceptionally high throughput, but rather minimal connectivity even when no cellular antenna is in range.
The technology only allows speeds of the order of 2 to 4 Mb/s in total for a given area. Which should be enough to send, receive SMS/MMS, and even use certain messaging apps like iMessage, Signal, Telegram and WhatsApp. The service will be launched in beta in North America by the end of 2023. To achieve this miracle, Starlink V2 satellites are equipped with huge antennas 5 to 6 meters in diameter allowing direct communication with smartphones on the ground.
Questions remain about Starlink ‘cellular internet’ in Teslas
The launch of these satellites will begin in 2023. But there is another news: Elon Musk has just specified on Twitter that the technology will eventually be used to connect Tesla cars to the internet wherever they are. For now, Tesla cars connect to the internet via partner 4G mobile networks. The extent of connectivity also depends on the subscription chosen by the customer.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 26, 2022
For now, Elon Musk does not provide more details, except that the same technology would be used to provide internet in white areas. From what is understood of Starlink cellular connectivity, it will likely not be possible to use all the features of premium connectivity.
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Nevertheless, having a car that never disconnects from the internet has several obvious advantages. For example, it might be possible to better track the vehicle in the event of theft. Advanced GPS features like live traffic info could continue to work even when there is no 4G/5G network. Finally, in the event of an emergency, this minimal connectivity could be the assurance of being able to contact the emergency services whatever the situation.